Once again, there is a massive killing involving firearms in the US.
And, once again, we have an outpouring of John Waynes, Harry Calahans, and Marion Cobrettis expressing their 2nd Amendment fantasies.
These are people who ignore the victims, the grieving, the stories of people who put their lives on the line to save others, and the reality on the ground to say, essentially:
Things would be different if I were there with MY Gun. I would have saved everyone by killing the bad guy, and then I would be a GREAT HERO.
In posting after posting, these so-called “Heroes” talk about the weapons they own – and often times even carry around – and the supposed abilities that these guns have. Some even talk about how their weapons can stun or even disable people clad in body armor, using techniques like “Double Tap” (2 quick shots to the same area in a very short time).
And yet, it shows just how limited these White Knights in Shining Armor really are. On top of this, it shows how often these shining examples of Enmeshed American Gun Culture get into actual shootouts.
Which is never.
But, even if they have, I wonder if they would have the same reaction as this person.
Then reflect that she does indeed lose her own life at the Aurora theatre less than 2 months later.
We already have that answer.
It is not about the victims, the innocent bystanders, or even the shooter and his motives.
It’s only about their own guns. And their delusions of Heroic Grandeur.